Bernard Buffet, ‘La rue et l'eglise de la Miséricorde (The Street and the Church of Mercy), from St. Tropez; and Morgan’, 1979 and 1985, Phillips

St. Tropez Image: 18 1/2 x 25 3/4 in. (47 x 65.4 cm)
St. Tropez Sheet: 21 x 28 in. (53.3 x 71.1 cm)
Morgan Image: 19 3/4 x 26 in. (50.2 x 66 cm)
Morgan Sheet: 22 3/4 x 29 7/8 in. (57.8 x 75.9 cm)

Both signed and annotated 'E.A.' in pencil (each one of 30 artist's proofs, the editions were 180 and 150 respectively), published by Éditions A.C. Mazo et Cie, Paris, both unframed.

Charles Sorlier 277 and 452

Atelier Mourlot Collection and Archive, Paris (inkstamp on the reverse and accompanying certificate #7214 and #7212)
Private Collection

About Bernard Buffet

Embodying Jean-Paul Sartre’s Existentialism and Albert Camus’s Absurdism, Bernard Buffet’s painting conveyed the anxiety that permeated France during the Nazi occupation and came to dominate the post-war figurative art scene. A member of a group called L’Homme Témoin (The Witness) along with Bernard Lorjout and André Minaux, Buffet developed a realist style infused with social criticism, featuring a restrained palette and black outlines. He is best known for his grim “Horror of War” series and myriad streetscapes and interior scenes populated by angular, emotionless figures. Self-portraits, religious scenes, still lifes also figure among his oeuvre, which extends to lithography, engraving, and sculpture. While Buffet continued to enjoy success as a commercial artist until a debilitating illness prompted him to commit suicide, his work fell out of favor among critics in the 1960s and remains relatively unknown.

French, 1928-1999, Paris, France, based in Paris, France